If you find yourself having difficulty sticking to your New Year’s Resolutions, you are not alone. Learn to create SMART goals and set yourself up for success.
Having lofty or outlandish goals is healthy, and they can be very much achievable. Most often goals are set but remain without success because there is no specific pathway or plan for reaching them. One great tool for goal-setting is the SMART Goal method. In this article, you will learn to create SMART goals and set yourself up for success. Here’s the breakdown…
- Specific — The more specific the goal, the better visualization can take place.
- Measurable — Put down a specific number or way to know you’ve reached your goal or key result.
- Attainable — Set a goal you are confident you can achieve. Your goal should be something that challenges you but is not too extreme.
- Relevant — Choose something that makes sense for where you are in your life today or in the next year. For instance, take into consideration any costs, time commitments, or any other barriers you can overcome to achieve it.
- Time-Bound — Count backwards from the goal date and break the goal down.
When creating our business or personal goals, we don’t want to overdo it. Choose four major objectives that you’d like to accomplish. For each of those objectives, create a SMART plan. Then, within that plan, you can create 4 key results for each objective. For example, if your goal is to increase revenue by 10x, come up with four benchmarks on what that looks like in terms of measurement and time. Make sure they are realistic and specific, and reward yourself when you reach each key result!
My goals are set. Now what?
Not only do we want to set clear goals, but we want to believe we can achieve them. How are you keeping your goals at the forefront of your mind on a daily basis? Have you written them down on your office whiteboard? Have you taken a picture of your dream board and made that your desktop background? Do you have a goals list on your bathroom mirror? The more we believe in ourselves, the more likely we are to find these goals manifesting into our realities.
Last but not least, the best way to hold yourself accountable is to share your goal with a friend, coworker, or family member. Ask them to check in with you daily or weekly. Even better, invite them to join you. As a result, you are are more likely to have success. Good luck, and happy goal-setting!
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